Honiton beaten at Okehampton
PUBLISHED: 16:35 04 December 2012
Honiton went down 28-3 at Okehampton in another tough day at the office for the Lacemen, writes Nick Guilbert..
In difficult conditions Honiton were just 14-3 down with ten minutes to go, but as they attempted to claw something out of the game, the Moorlanders squeezed the game from thier grasp.
Honiton started well and from the kick off they forced play deep into the Okehampton half.
They pressured the home side and got their reward for maintaining the ball for long periods. A Webber penalty put them three nil up and things were looking positive.
When Okehampton did acquire possession the Honiton defence was resolute and kept the home side at bay.
Okehampton came within five yards and even closer several times in the first half hour but could not break through. At the other end, Honiton looked dangerous in spells, with Barratt in particular causing problems down the left.
As half time neared Okehampton gained a sustained period of pressure in the Honiton half and it’s scrimmage began to get the upper hand.
Honiton infringed a couple times and soon were on the receiving end of a push over try from five yards out.
It was hard on the Lacemen but they kept their heads up.
They piled back down the slope and drove to the Okehampton line, the pressure soon told as Dalton barrelled over, but unfortunately he lost control over the line, and what would have been a half time lead turned into a half time loss.
As it was Honiton struggled to get out of their half in the second period, and with many players performing out of position roles they were unable to force their way through the gain line.
Okehampton scored after ten minutes of the second half, and Honiton needed to settle the ship.
They did so for twenty minutes, but as they bid to progress up field they were undone by poor kicking and a little bit of fatigue.
Okehampton regathered the ball hurridly following thier third try and Honiton could not prevent them from gathering the bonus point.
It was hard on the Lacemen who had been in the contest for large periods but simply could not sustain their performance past 70 minutes.
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